Ban on carbon capture & sequestration (CCS) facilities & pipelines passed by full New Orleans City Council
What is carbon capture and sequestration?
“Carbon capture and sequestration” or “CCS” refers to unproven technologies intended to prevent carbon dioxide (CO2) from reaching the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. Plans for CCS involve either collecting CO2 from industrial facilities or removing it from the air. Once collected or removed, the CO2 is either injected underground for disposal or used in the production of more fossil fuels.
Why is The Alliance concerned about CCS?
The coal, oil, and gas industry touts CCS as a “solution” to climate change. But CCS projects have consistently overpromised and underperformed, when they have not failed completely. CCS benefits the petrochemical and pipeline companies by enabling these industries to keep expanding profits while supposedly offsetting their emissions. What's worse? CCS poses significant environmental, health and safety risks to our communities and will have disproportionate affects on Black and Native communities. A report from May 2021 by the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council concluded that carbon capture storage projects will not benefit communities.
Why is this resolution a win for New Orleanians?
More on the dangers of CCS:
There are currently 12 CCS projects now planned in Louisiana. All public comments that have been submitted so far oppose the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources’ application for permitting authority over carbon capture storage projects.
Check out these resources to learn more about CCS and Resolution 22-219: